We study adaption and speciation in the Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths). In particular we are interested in studying how species converge due to mimicry, as a model for understanding the predictability of evolution, and the genetic and ecological causes of speciation. We also study the genetic basis of insecticide resistance in the agricultural pest, diamondback moth. Find out more about our research here
If you are interested in more information regarding Heliconius butterflies, please see www.heliconius.org. We have also established the Cambridge Evolutionary Genetics network to bring together like-minded researchers from across departments in Cambridge.
- Lab News
Congratulations to Nicola Nadeau who has been awarded a NERC fellowship to work in Sheffield on the genetic basis for iridescent colours in Heliconius.Most cited article of 2012 : April 23, 2013
Our paper in Phil Trans Roy Soc was the most cited article of 2012 in that journal. Well done Nicola!BBSRC funding for database development : April 17, 2013
We have just been awarded a joint BBSRC grant for developing a lepidopteran genomic database. Most of the funding will go to Edinburgh, for two postdocs to develop and populate the database, but Kanchon Dasmahapatra and I are project partners. This was awarded by the Bioinformatics and Biological Resources fund.